Steve Cooper backs Dean Henderson for England World Cup spot

Steve Cooper backs Dean Henderson to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad after delivering in ‘important moments’ for Nottingham Forest… insisting the England goalkeeper’s displays have given him the ‘best chance’ of sealing his spot in Qatar

  • Dean Henderson has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest this season
  • Forest boss Steve Cooper thinks he deserves to go to the World Cup in Qatar
  • Cooper believes Henderson has been delivering in key moments for his side
  • Gareth Southgate is set to name his England World Cup squad next month 
  • Henderson will likely be battling Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope for a spot
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Steve Cooper believes Dean Henderson has given himself the best chance of making England’s World Cup squad with his performances for Nottingham Forest this season. 

Henderson has proved his worth in the early part of the campaign after his season-loan long from Manchester United. The 25-year-old has certainly been kept busy as the Reds have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and only Brentford’s David Raya has made more than his 48 saves so far this campaign. 

He was in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League matches last month, but that was with Jordan Pickford out injured so he is realistically competing with Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope for one of the goalkeeping spots in Qatar. 

Dean Henderson has caught the eye with his performances for Nottingham Forest this term

Steve Cooper thinks Henderson has given himself the ‘best chance’ of making the World Cup

Former England Under-17 coach Cooper reckons Henderson has done all he can to get himself on the plane in a few weeks, but will not be calling in any favours with his friend Southgate. 

‘He’s playing well for us, but like everything else this week it’s about trying to improve in the next game,’ Cooper said. 

‘There’s no doubt he’s had some really important moments for us this season. There are the stand-outs, like a couple of saves last week, but we’re obviously looking at the whole performance. 

Henderson will find out in less than two weeks whether he’s made Gareth Southgate’s squad

The on-loan Man United goalkeeper has impressed for Cooper’s side this season

‘I’m sure the staff at England are monitoring him and he’s given himself the best chance, for sure. 

‘It’s good for Dean that he’s playing regular Premier League football, because that’s in the end how you get to showcase your abilities and your levels. 

‘That’s always a better thing than not playing, particularly for goalkeepers. I don’t really think about comparing him to the others, that’s Gareth’s job and he’s a friend of mine so I’m not going to interfere with that. 

‘All I do know is Dean is working incredibly hard, he’s got a real growth mind-set to improve and it’s not just the stuff he does on the pitch.’

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